The Mexican ambassador in London has complained to the BBC over “inexcusable” comments made by the presenters of Top Gear.
In the show, broadcast on Sunday night, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May were discussing the new Mastretta sports car which hails from Mexico when Hammond said “cars reflect national characteristics.”
He then said: “Mexican cars are just going to be lazy, feckless, flatulent, overweight, leaning against a fence asleep looking at a cactus with a blanket with a hole in the middle on as a coat.”
Mexican food was also described as “refried sick”.
Clarkson then joked that the ambassador wouldn’t complain because he would be asleep.
But that comment may come back to haunt the giant Top Gear presenter – with Eduardo Medina Mora writing to the BBC demanding an apology over the “xenophobic” remarks.
He said: “The presenters of the programme resorted to outrageous, vulgar and inexcusable insults to stir bigoted feelings against the Mexican people, their culture, as well as their official representative in the United Kingdom.
“These offensive, xenophobic and humiliating remarks only serve to reinforce negative stereotypes and perpetuate prejudice against Mexico and its people.”
The BBC isn’t commenting on the situation but has confirmed it will speaking to the ambassador.
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It’s the latest in a long line of controversial remarks from the popular trio who rarely go an episode without offending a sector of society.
Jeremy Clarkson’s victims include everything from Vauxhall workers and environmentalists to mental health charities, Gordon Brown and even South Korea.
But the 50-year-old showed humility at the end of Sunday’s episode when he told Australian viewers he was thinking of them following the catastrophic floods the country has suffered.
The comments on Top Gear were, unsurprisingly, met with widespread criticism on the Guardian website. One commenter reminded himself of a TV review about a BBC period drama which featured a woman pleasuring a maid.
He wrote: “It’s not every day you see a leatherclad dildo on the BBC. Unless it’s Jeremy Clarkson.”
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